Global Indian Council mourns demise of former Kerala CM Oomman Chandy

In a special cabinet meeting of the Global Indian Council (GIC), presided over by President P.C. Mathew, a condolence message was recorded on the demise of honorable former Kerala Chief Minister Oomman Chandy. 

The GIC officials recalled that Oomman Chandy, who achieved the most about the development of Kerala was steadfast, and long-sighted, with a futuristic vision for Kerala that will always remain etched in the memory of the people of Kerala in India and abroad. His passion and down to earth nature and continuous contact with people to help the poor and needy were recognized by United Nations Global Award for Public Service in 2013.  

“Mr. Oommen Chandy was an unparalleled leader who touched the hearts of millions of common people of Kerala and the Pravasis with his genuineness and simplicity. I have had the good fortune to speak to him on several occasions regarding various issues and he was very positive in his approach. Such a great leader and many upcoming leaders have a lot to learn from him on how to be of sincere service to the community,” said P C Mathew, Global President. 
“The final journey of our beloved Oommen Chandy sir from Thiruvananthapuram to Puthuppally Kottayam with overwhelming crowds who were waiting day and night for a last sight reminds us how much he was loved by the people of Kerala. The attitude of Keralites towards Oomman Chandy at the time of his bereavement gives us hope for a better democratic political future for the state and the nation. Mr.Oomman Chandy was a role model for politicians, bureaucrats, and social activists all alike,“ said Prof. Joy Pallattumadom, Global Vice President.
“In the wake of the profound loss of the great leader and ex-chief minister of Kerala, Mr. Oommen Chandy, we at Global Indian Council pay tribute to the departed soul who left an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals. With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to him, a beacon of wisdom, compassion, and strength, who has left us with a legacy that will endure through the annals of time. One thing I admire is that he demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the betterment of the state of Kerala. He approached the responsibilities with a deep sense of purpose, always placing the welfare of others above his own. It was this selfless devotion that earned him the love and respect of so many followers. Left us with invaluable lessons, a blueprint for true leadership, and a legacy of positive change. We shall forever cherish their memory and carry forward the torch he has passed on to us,” said Sudhir Nambiar, General Secretary 

“Our Oomman Chandy Sir was unique in his attitude and he served people beyond, any discrimination. On the passing away of our beloved former CM, we can see that the people in Kerala, those who are abroad, and all others who knew him gathered with unity proving that he lived in everyone’s heart. The whole Puthupally was crowded and no space was free to stand. 

His loss is the real loss of a true leader. His loss is not only for his family but for our Keralites and the entire Congress party. To get an efficient leader is hard and the loss of a real leader is irreplaceable. Our prayers are for the peace of his soul and share our condolences to his family,” said Adv. Yamini Rajesh, Associate Secretary. 

“A historic chapter in Kerala politics came to an end with the demise of Oommen Chandy. His contributions to our State as an administrator, political leader, and people’s representative have been exemplary. His unwavering commitment and visionary leadership left an indelible mark on Kerala’s progress and the nation’s political landscape. Hon. Oommen Chandy will be remembered for his dedication and service to the people. We will miss him dearly. His dedication to public service, compassionate leadership, and contributions to Kerala’s progress will be remembered for generations to come. As the nation mourns the loss of a stalwart politician, his family, loved ones, and the people of Kerala find solace in the rich legacy he leaves behind. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” said Dr. Tara Shajan, Global Treasurer. 

“Ommen Chandy sir was unparalleled and a very unique individual. We all learned so much from him. He was a university himself and we all can emulate his footsteps. Everyone has a story or experience to share about him. My story is about my brother who passed away 14 years ago in a plane crash along with his 11-year-old son and another pilot Dr. Krish Raghavan. As soon as he saw in the news that 3 people died, he called me and passed his condolences.  I am not at all a big person to be called or closely associated with him. However, I was privileged to receive a State Award from him before the incident. What a legacy Oommen Chandy sir left behind. My prayers and condolences to Mrs. Ommen Chandy, Maria, Achu, Chandy, and all the immediate family members,” said Tom George Kolath, Associate Treasurer. 

“Tearful tributes to the Real Leader who won people’s hearts, by walking, listening, and redressing their grievances. Oommen Chandy will always be remembered as the political leader who combined honesty, sincerity, gentleness, and the mind to work hard, to be an example to others. “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” said Gandhiji. Kudos to the incomparable Janakeeyan (common man) who put into practice what he said. Let his life and farewell be a model to all who wish to be a public servant. He left with such a great message that human life should be like this. The sun is setting, and the days are yet to wake in the splendor of unending love and goodness OC left behind for us. With much respect and homage to the dear leader; my condolences to the family of Oommen Chandy sir,” said Dr. Mathew Joys, Global Media Chair. 

“I had met Hon. Oommen Chandy on several occasions, both when he was in power and when he was not. He was a true visionary and a benevolent leader who dedicated his life to serving the people of Kerala as their Chief Minister. His unwavering commitment to the welfare of the state and its citizens has left an indelible mark on the hearts of many. Mr. Chandy’s life was marked by compassion, wisdom, and tireless efforts to improve the lives of those he served. His legacy as a dedicated public servant and a compassionate leader will continue to inspire generations to come. At this moment of loss, which can never be replaced, we remember the Late Chandy’s profound impact on countless individuals’ lives. May his kindness, leadership, and achievements be forever cherished. Our deepest condolences go out to Maria Oommen and the entire Chandy family. May you find strength and solace in the memories of your beloved father’s remarkable life. He will always be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all,” said Dr.Jija Madhavan Harisingh (IPS Retd), Global Goodwill Ambassador. 

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